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   Dartmouth News                 7th December 2006 


1.    Storm on the Dart

2.    M&S Come to Dartmouth

3.    Jeremy Clarkson attempts new record on the Dart

4.    Drinks at Browns all December

5.   Fatstock Show next Tuesday

6.    Memories of Dartmouth

7.    Late night shopping

8.    Small News


1.   Storm on the Dart

Saturday evening saw some of the worst weather on the Dart.  Residents living on the embankment said the waves were so big that you could have surfed on them!  Nearly a dozen small boats sunk and the boat hire kiosk was ripped from it's foundations.

2.    M&S Come to Dartmouth

Marks & Spencer announced on Tuesday that the Plymco in Mayors Avenue will re-open as a brand new Marks & Spencer Simply Food store in summer 2007.

The new Simply Food stores might offer up to 2,000 M&S food lines including sandwiches, wine, ready meals and fresh produce.

As well as basic groceries plus newspapers and magazines, the store may also feature their signature in store bakery concept plus fresh coffee with the "Coffee to go" facility.

The Post Office Limited is currently actively seeking a new operator and location.

District Councillor Jonathan Hawkins has suggested the Post Office could move to the soon to be refurbished Dartmouth Old Market.

A few people have asked how we got this scoop.  Well, Tessa's Mum was told by an employee and we phoned M&S Corporate Press office, a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, and we were the first to be issued with their press release!

3.    Jeremy Clarkson filming on the Dart

Tony Hoile from Falcon Boat Charters reports: The BBC was filming Western Lady on the Dart last week using Falcon as platform for the filming. Jeremy Clarkson was the presenter and the programme is based on the formation of the Commandos. Western lady was originally a MTB in WWII.

4.     Drinks at Browns all December

During December Browns Bar will be providing complementary Spanish Pinchos and Canapes in the Bar
between 6pm and 8pm.

If you are going out to dinner with a party, or just out with a friend, why not drop into Browns for a delicious
start to the evening. They have an extensive list of wines, champagne and prosecco by the glass as well as
a good selection of bottled beers.

During the month the small bites will include grilled chorizio, farmhouse salami, Spanish cheeses, crab crostini, oysters, anchovies, parmsean fritters, stuffed mussels and many more delectable items. Remember these are complementary to people drinking in the bar between 6 and 8pm.

If you are a larger party and want to ensure the nicest bites, Browns would like a bit of notice please. Please call 01803 832 572.

5.     Fatstock Show next Tuesday

Phil Bond reports: Just to let you know that the annual Dartmouth Fat Stock show is taking place at the market next Tuesday 12th December. Judging of cattle , sheep and poultry classes starts at 10.30am. Sale of exhibits starts at 1.30pm

For those that have not been before, this is a fascinating insight to livestock and farming in the Dartmouth area.

6.   Memories of Dartmouth

The Lower Ferry, originally known as the Horse Ferry, although powered by two men with long oars, was by 1870 converted to steam with a tug pushing the float.  Owned by the Railway Company it was sublet to the Casey family from 1877 to 1925.  In this photograph of around 1900 one of the first cars is seen crossing by it.

7.   Late night shopping

Sarah Hanafee of Danielli reports: "The shops in Lower Street have all got together and we are going to do two late night shopping evenings for Christmas - Thursday 14th and 21st December."


8.   Small News

  • Farmers Market This Saturday in The Old Market, your chance to stock up on locally grown produce and meats.  Meet your friends and go on for a coffee?

  • Christmas Fair at The Flavel This Saturday.  Shop for original gifts, cards and decorations for everyone this Christmas.  Mulled wine, mince pies,  chocolate fountain, children’s crafts, activities, secret present wrapping, grotto, children’s tombola. Fabulous raffle prizes include a meal for 2 at The Spice Bazaar, a meal for 2 at The Windjammer and a Spa Treatment at Dartmouth Marina FREE ENTRY
    In aid of Stoke Fleming Primary School Enquiries: 01803 770933

  • Naval College Tour if you were fascinated by the picture of the college last week taken in 1905, then join the tour and see more and have all your questions answered.  Ann Irish reports:  "Anyone wanting to know more, including where the greenhouse is today, can join me on the 'Britannia Wood' walk, 2pm Sunday 10 December." Must be pre-booked, tickets from the TIC 01803 834224.

  • Is your business advertising here, press the "where to stay" "eating" or "shopping" button on the top of this e-mail, are you there ?  Do you want to be there for free? Do you want a web site "all" inclusive for £150?  Who you gonna call?  Err, yes, that would be us then.

  • If you want your event covered, we need the information in the week before publication, no earlier.   100-200 words, a photograph and if applicable a web site link.  If you don't have a photograph invite us so that next year you will!

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